Kalen Hicks: 2020 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Kalen Hicks
School: Hawaii
Position: S
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 210

Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

Some goals I had this past season was to win a conference championship and lead the team in tackles. I obviously got injured half way through the season and was leading the team in tackles before I was injured.

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

I think my coaches and teammates would say that I am a hard worker, discipline and smart. I wasn’t as much a vocal leader on the team but I liked to lead by example because actions speak louder than words.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?

When I’m watching film I like to see patterns from certain formations and tendencies teams have in those formations. Also what they run in certain downs and distances. Also I like to watch plays that occurred a lot from other teams and picture myself against those plays in the different calls from our defense.

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?

I think what separates me from others at my position is my size and versatility. Throughout my career I played a little bit of everything from linebacker to nickel, strong, and free safety. Also my understanding of the defense that I’m in and knowing what each position is doing, where my help is or isn’t, and doing my job.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

The strengths I can bring to a team is versatility. Also cancelling out tight ends in man coverage. They are becoming a big part of the game and I’ve been matching up against a lot in my college career and being successful at cancelling them out.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?

Wherever I go I’m going to be grateful for the opportunity and not take it for granted. Im going to work hard and make the most of my shot and prove that I belong. I’ve been through so much adversity in football that would of broke many athletes down but I persevered.